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The Mosque Is the New Balloon Boy
As debate rages over the "ground zero" mosque, the media has once again whipped itself into a frenzy over a story that doesn't really exist.
Without money, a nonprofit organizational structure, or a coherent PR strategy, the plan to build an Islamic center and mosque near ground zero, dubbed Park51, remains nothing more than a pipe dream. And the growing media brouhaha is a little reminiscent of last year's storm over "Balloon Boy," the Fort Collins, Colorado, child whose parents claimed he had drifted away in a helium balloon.
Among the many issues facing the Islamic center's development plan is its lack of an institutional structure, clear leadership, or money. For one thing, the effort to build the mosque isn't yet a nonprofit with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. That's months from being cleared, according to most nonprofit experts. On its website, Park51 acknowledges that forming the nonprofit with an executive director and a 23-member board of directors is "the next step" in making the plan reality.
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